Poche Indigenous Health Leadership Program

The Melbourne Poche Indigenous Health Leadership Program is an exciting opportunity to explore your leadership potential and affect change in Indigenous health.

Designed for Indigenous early career professionals with a health focus in academic, policy, clinical or research roles, across higher education, government, health service and community sectors.

It's an opportunity to broaden your ideas of leadership and networking.

How it works

The program brings Fellows together in a richly interconnected and interactive program to support the development of Indigenous health leaders.

We aim to elevate and progress disciplinary and industry engagement in Indigenous health, by fusing age-old Indigenous knowledges and values, with political and social theories to develop Fellows’ confidence, self-efficacy, motivation and sense of purpose.

Each module will reflect a theme and will be delivered across a range of contexts to foster engagement, collaboration and leadership diversity:

  1. Futures – Storying Indigenous health leadership and philosophy
  2. Place – Positioning Indigenous health leadership globally
  3. Relationships – Harnessing local Indigenous health leadership

The Program supports participating Fellows to

  • Develop an understanding of Indigenous leadership philosophies
  • Develop a greater awareness of their own leadership potential
  • Learn new insights and approaches to improving Indigenous health outcomes
  • Participate in building richer, stronger and more diverse networks across the health sector
  • Develop a personal leadership narrative to support confidence, improved visibility, influence and agency
  • Extend intellectual development and understanding of Indigenous health leadership discourse, models and theories

The Nitty Gritty


  • This comprehensive program will demand a substantial time and energy commitment from Fellows to assist them in their leadership development.
  • Prior to applying for the program, please ensure you are available to attend all three modules and are willing to undertake the necessary travel both domestically and internationally.
  • It is critical you have the support of your work/study supervisor and organisation to attend.
  • Necessary paperwork, including Health and Safety Risk Assessments and website profiles are part of the program. It is expected you respond promptly to these requests.

2024 program dates

Module 1: 17 - 22 March – Melbourne, Victoria

Module 2: 19 - 24 or 26 - 31 May – Toronto, Canada (dates tbc shortly)

Module 3: 18 – 23 August – Shepparton, Victoria


  • A valid Australian or New Zealand passport with at least six months validity from the date of travel is essential.
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required as there is a certain amount of walking, including off-road. Please contact Josh to discuss any mobility questions.


There will be a range of accommodation, including shared cabins. We will not be able to accommodate partners during the modules.


While most program costs will be covered by the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, there will be modest out of pocket expenses for some meals, short uber/taxi travel and other minor expenses.

Partners, family or friends

Given the nature of the program and the commitment required, it is expected that Fellows are focused on the program and the cohort, which includes evening events and collective meals.

The program does not support partners, family or friends travelling alongside program Fellows for any of the modules.

How to apply